AFL names Jaxon Lang as chief operating officer

Dec. 12, 2022
Lang will be responsible for AFL operations worldwide. That will include, according to an AFL press release, “leading the company through business transformations.”

AFL says it has named Jaxon Lang as chief operating officer, effective January 1, 2023. Hewill report directly to AFL President and CEO Jody Gallagher. Lang will join AFL from FiberRise where, as president and CEO, he recently led the company through an acquisition by ENTRUST Solutions Group.

Lang will be responsible for AFL operations worldwide. That will include, according to an AFL press release, “leading the company through business transformations.” Lang also will manage the supply chain, commercial sales, marketing, and customer service divisions across AFL's five core markets.

“With over 25 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, Jaxon brings a wealth of knowledge in sales, marketing, product engineering, product management, and operations to AFL,” said Gallagher. “Throughout his career, Jaxon has demonstrated the ability to successfully lead and manage businesses through transformations and guide companies through mergers and acquisitions. His broad range of experiences, strong industry knowledge, and contacts will assist AFL and Fujikura in the future growth of the business.”

Prior to joining FiberRise in July 2020, Lang spent a little over three years at CommScope, rising to senior vice president, connectivity solutions. His career also includes stints at TE Connectivity and ADC. “AFL has proven itself as an industry leader,” said Lang. “I'm looking forward to helping the company reach its long-term goals and its full potential by strengthening its core business operations.”

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